Waltz is a smooth, gliding dance performed entirely in closed position, where the man and lady embrace facing one another. There are two variations – the slow or “Modern” Waltz and the fast or “Viennese” Waltz.
This is the traditional bridal dance. It is a favourite amongst dancers of all ages, as if you learn the skills to Waltz can apply them to the other four “Standard Ballroom” dances.
Cha Cha Cha is a dance of Cuban origin known for its fast foot action, cheeky moves and sexy hip action. The basic foot patter of one, two, Cha Cha Cha developed due to the strong percussive music, and the signature “triple step” is a key part of the dance. A super fun dance for all ages, it’s a favourite at DanceSport Kingdom and features in a lot of our beginner dance classes.
Tango is a Standard Ballroom dance that branched away from its Argentine roots. With passionate and rhythmical music, the Tango is danced with the knees flexed and very close to your partner. The New Vogue Tango’s, such as the Tangoette, La Bomba and Tango Terrific, are very popular social dances, and a great introduction to this beautiful dance style.
Samba is a lively rhythmical dance with Brazilian roots. Most steps are danced with a downward bouncing or dropping action, created by the bending and straightening of the knees, and it has a distinctive hip action that differs from the Cha Cha Cha and the Rumba. Many Samba figures have a distinctive ¾, ¼ 1 rhythm which is felt in the music.
Jive is a happy, energetic and bobby dance involving lifting of the knees and rocking of hips. With origins in America, is has similarities to the Jitterbug, Swing, and Lindy Hop and is the fastest of the Latin American dances.
Slow Foxtrot is a smooth progressive dance characterised by continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It is often danced to big band vocal music, and the dancers must maintain body contact at all times. For that reason, and for the subtle rhythm, this is considered a challenging dance that dancers enjoy mastering.
Rumba is the slowest of the Latin American rhythms and is known as the ‘dance of love’. For that reason it is a popular wedding dance, and is a firm favourite for beginners and advanced dancers alike. It has a sensual rhythm and the rhythmical expression of Rumba music is danced through the hip actions.
Quickstep is a lighthearted member of the Standard Ballroom dances, and its movement is fast and powerfully flowing, sprinkled with syncopations. The dance is made up of walks, chasses and locks, and the upbeat music that Quickstep is danced to make it a popular social and competitive dance.
Salsa belongs to the Street Latin style. With origins in Cuba, it was first danced in New York. In Salsa, the dancer shifts his or her weight from foot to foot but keeping the upper body remaining level and generally unaffected. The weight shift causes the hips to move. In the original Latin American form, the forward/backward motion of Salsa is done in diagonal or sideways with the 3-step weight change intact.
New Vogue is a very popular style of dance that originated in Australia. All the favourite dance rhythms such as Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba are featured in the New Vogue style, which is particular popular socially as once you learn each sequence, you can dance at any dance venue in Australia!
Paso Doble is a lively style of dance modelled after the drama and movement of the Spanish bullfight. The traditional music for this strong dance style is known as the Spanish Gypsy Dance, but many popular strongly accented tunes have now been used.
Merengue is a street Latin dance where partners hold each other in a closed position - the leader holds the follower's waist with the leader's right hand, while holding the follower's right hand with the leader's left hand at the follower's eye level. Partners bend their knees slightly left and right, thus making the hips move left and right. The hips of the leader and follower move in the same direction throughout the song. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other, in small steps.